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The Prague Cemetery
The Prague Cemetery
by Umberto Eco
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not Eco's best but still worth reading, 19 May 2015
This review is from: The Prague Cemetery (Paperback)
The Prague Cemetery overlaps somewhat with Eco's earlier novel, Foucault's Pendulum. Personally, I found Foucault's Pendulum more thought-provoking. I'd say 50% of all my reading since Foucault's Pendulum has been influenced by the book (researching the Knights Templar, alchemy, etc.) Although The Prague Cemetery has made me read a bit more about the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, I had already bought a book on this topic before beginning Eco's novel. It's Eco's usual intriguing stuff, however, so it's well worth a read. I found it more enjoyable than Baudolino but much less so than The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum or the sadly neglected The Island of the Day Before.

Incidentally, I think Maxim Arturovic Pyatnitski (Colonel Pyat), the protagonist of Michael Moorcock's Millennium Quartet (Byzantium Endures, The Laughter of Carthage, Jerusalem Commands & The Vengeance of Rome) can run Captain Simonini pretty close for the title of vilest character in literature. Moreover, Eco seems to have borrowed some details of Simonini's character & history from Colonel Pyat.

Haydn: Symphony 99, 103
Haydn: Symphony 99, 103
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Price: £3.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Unlistenable, 22 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Haydn: Symphony 99, 103 (Audio CD)
This CD is unlistenable. It appears to have been made from a faulty master tape with the speed fluctuating throughout, rendering the music off-pitch.

Very Best of Cannonball Adderley
Very Best of Cannonball Adderley
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £6.34

3.0 out of 5 stars An okay CD; a completely different auto-rip, 1 Oct. 2014
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If you order this from Amazon you will get two different albums. The CD is a ten-track compilation that is okay. The auto-rip is a completely different album containing 50 tracks, although not all of them are by Cannonball Adderley: the first four tracks are by George Shearing (and they are dreadful, although one of them does feature a guest appearance from Cannonball & Nat Adderley). Some of the Adderley tracks on the auto-rip are fabulous (Bohemia After Dark, Spontaneous Combustion, etc.) but aren't on the CD.

For information, the tracks on the CD are: A Little Taste, Things Are Getting Better, This Here, Know What I Mean?, Something Different, Winetone, Dizzy's Business, Work Song, Jive Samba, and Inside Straight. You can see the track listing for the auto-rip by clicking on the link to the MP3 album.

Berlioz: Damnation of Faust [2c
Berlioz: Damnation of Faust [2c

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive recording, 25 Jan. 2011
This is, without a doubt, the best recording of Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust". I simply can't understand why it's not available. Kenneth Riegel is a magnificent Faust, while Frederika von Stade's Marguerite has the right balance of passion and delicacy. The tempi are spot-on: the Rakoczy march in particular is played too slowly on the majority of other recordings. The climax, with the race to the abyss & pandemonium, work better here than in any other version I've heard.

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